The Best Books Of May Are All Right Here

Sprawled in the park on a picnic rug (read: ex-boyfriend's jumper we "forgot" to give back) is our best-case scenario but if the weather refuses to play ball, we'll happily spend May's two bank holidays nestled in an armchair with one of the compelling new releases hitting bookshops this month.
If you're in the market for a historical figure to look up to, check out the 10 women profiled in Michelle Dean's Sharp, out 3rd May – each would make brilliant (and ridiculously witty) mentors. Fans of witty women writers should also grab a copy of The Pisces, in which a brokenhearted PhD student falls in love with a merman on LA's Venice Beach (but not before she's gritted her teeth through an encounter in a hotel bathroom that's enough to put us off Tinder forever).
Whistle In The Dark, Emma Healey's follow-up to her hugely successful debut, Elizabeth Is Missing, is also out this month, while Curtis Sittenfeld's first short story collection will appeal to anyone who liked her last books – or intelligent female narrators in general.
Click on for the books to add to your basket this May.

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